Garmin E Tex 30 test

The Garmin E Trex 30 – Not a full review but a few things you should know before purchasing.
Having recently borrowed a Garmin E Trex 10, I soon realised that the features installed were not what I wanted for my metal detecting needs, so after some homework and decided to go for the Garmin E Trex 30, it had a lot more to offer and was going to be ideal for plotting my finds while out metal detecting, especially when hunting in heavily wooded area’s because the E Trex 30 uses the superior Russian satellite system called Glonass according to reports this system could easily penetrate heavy tree canopy and work under some difficulyt conditions, where as the UK satellites quite often have trouble getting a stable lock.
The E trex 30 can run GPS and Glonass at the same time or they can be selected individually, accuracy was down to about 3 feet when I tested the unit for the first time.

Garmin e trex 30

The E Trex 30 was quite easy to operate in the field, it took a little practice at first, like all things new we think we know it all then read the manual….which in this case was non-existent. I had to rely on video’s and web sites to gather enough information to become semi confident. I got my unit from Amazon which offered the best price.

In order to use this unit you have to download the Basecamp software, which is clumsy and looks like it was designed on a windows 98 system, I had all sorts of problems at first it wouldn’t recognise my passwords or device, then I spent a long time on the phone to the Garmin on-line help, who were pretty good to be fair.


Garmin E Trex 30 Compass
The eTrex 30 adds a built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass, which shows your heading even when you’re standing still, without holding it level. Also added is a barometric altimeter which tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude, and you even can use it to plot barometric pressure over time, which can help you keep an eye on changing weather conditions.

garmin-card-birds eye select

Garmin Maps
What a disappointment !!!, first I purchased the Birdseye maps thinking they were like Google Earth….wrong ! they were just maps, so then I had to subscribe to the Aerial maps in order to get somewhat closer to what I wanted. Sadly when you subscribe you can only choose a very small section of the map at a time and then download it……More is explained in my video.

The Garmin E Trex 30 is a good solid unit, and very functional my only real complaints are the map downloads and the hard to understand Basecamp software.

Here is my short video reviewing the Garmin E Trex 30
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XP Deus deep targets

XP Deus digging deep targets using 4Khz

Lower frequencies are better for big targets right ? Yes and no……As many of you know the XP Deus has a choice of operating frequencies most people use 11Khz or 17Khz, this suits most of their metal detecting requirements. Some have never ventured into the 4Khz domain, possibly because they have no need for it, but I would suspect they simply don’t understand what it’s for. As the instruction manual states 4Khz is a good frequency for large deep objects, this is true but it’s possibly only one reason for using 4Khz.

Difficult soil

Soil conditions play a very important part to successful metal detecting, sometimes a lower frequency can penetrate the soil better than a high frequency, so you are not only making your XP Deus better at finding large targets, if soil conditions dictate 4Khz you will be making it more responsive to ALL targets.

xp deus 4khz digging deep targets

How does the XP Deus see targets….Target orientation

Sometimes a lower frequency can find multiple targets such as scattered hoards much better, for some reason higher frequencies have problems dealing with multiple targets even on the surface, it is something to do with an inconsistent sine wave omitted from the multiple targets which confuses VLF metal detectors.

Here is a video of the XP Deus being used in 4Khz on a pasture site with some interesting results, so next time give the lower frequencies a chance, it may be worth it !

Can I use my favourite settings and just switch to 4Khz ?

Yes…no problem, all XP Deus users….well all professional metal detectorists, should learn to interpret what the machine is telling them and then make adjustments accordingly. Correct power settings and a discrimination level set for the site conditions are the key, when correctly combined = stability, which will allow you to hear those quiet signals. Reactivity is largely dependant on your sweep speed, so if you know you have these settings correct stand firm and have confidence using 4Khz.

XP Deus 4KHZ video review

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Tesoro saves the day

I got up at 5:30 am and made the school yard by 6:30am. No rain last night, expected to find hard dry ground…Blue skies and the sun was out in full force. I Found several area’s that were dig-able where you wouldn’t need a pick axe to get down to the targets.
euro sabre

Today decided to use my PI first and see what this place has in it. Has been detected by numerous people who found some sporadic finds. I took the challenge of coming back in. Continue reading

Garys Detecting review

Metal detecting web site review
As relative newbies to detecting choosing our first metal detector has been a journey of up’s and down’s based on conficting information from so many web sites which Google throw up these days.
Our savior and guardian angel was Gary’s Detecting so I thought what the heck I will send in a report and do my bit for our new found friend.

As the web site says welcome to my scrap book of a web site, yes indeed it looks like a scrap book but the key is it’s so easy to navigate, a simple click on the “Read More” to enter and the site opens up. Continue reading

Beginners guide Dowsing

This is a short guide about rod Dowsing for metal
Dowsing is something everyone can do as long as you can clear your mind and have confidence. It’s not going to give you good results every time but it’s fun and adds another dimention to your metal detecting.
Dowsing rods

 L rods – Generally, these are bent wires with two straight sections separated by a 90-degree bend.   The short length is usually held in the hand like a pistol and the reaction is through a movement to the right or left of the body.

Either a single wire can be used, or often, two wires are used simultaneously.

The L rods have a distinct advantage in fieldwork on physical or material objects, as they are more resistant to wind or body movement than the pendulum.   The L rods usually require body motion such as walking to achieve a reaction. Continue reading

Short Cross Legends book

short cross coin identification

This is a fantastic book and fast tracks the identification of British Short Cross Coinage.
Short Cross Legends is the most up to date, most comprehensive and by far the easiest wat to identify Short Cross Hammered coins. Written by a good friend and respected detectorist Gerry Slevin someone who has given a great deal of thought to the subject, to make it literally as simple as ABC, in fact that’s exactly how he’s done it.


Step 1 : Identify the first letter of the moneyer’s name and then look it up Alphabetically.
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Aftershokz bone conducting headphones for metal detecting

Afterchox headphones position

Bone conducting headphone are the very latest technology…well when I say latest various forms of this technology have been used over the years.

Bone conducting headphones

For example : Ludwig van Beethoven, the 18th century composer who was almost completely deaf discovered he could hear music through his jawbone by biting a rod attached to his piano.

I have been given a set of Aftershokz Sportz 3 to try, although my hearing is reasonably good, I have been told these are very popular with sports persons because the pads do not sit on your ears, but in front of them.
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How deep will a metal detector go

How deep can a metal detector find treasure
The buried hoard test : I wanted to know how deep a discriminating metal detector could detect a small hoard, so was told to go and get some machines, a big spade and some coins.
These days we hear so many stories about new models going deeper than ever before, we read about people finding coins and artefacts over 2 feet in depth.

Buried hoard test
I have always been interested in finding a small hoard at 2 feet is it scientifically impossible using the metal detectors we are all searching with today, I have been told coins with a patina are electronically isolated from one another so in the ground a detector will not see the coins as a mass, more like several individual targets. Continue reading

Tesoro Amigo review

Tesoro Amigo

Some of you know I have a weakness for early Tesoro’s, especially the Silver Sabre’s and the Gold Sabres.
For many years I have been looking for a clean Tesoro Amigo to go into my dust gathering collection, then all of a sudden two became available, both in a sorry state and in need of repairs.
One Amigo had broken coil lugs and the other Amigo had an extra sensitivity control fitted and would not detect correctly.

Buying two old machines needing a lot of work was quite a gamble, I really wanted to pay good money for just one with an original box and documentation, but something told me it was worth a punt as I knew one of these machines was responsible for finding some nice Gold coins so it deserved bringing back to life. Continue reading

Metal detectorist finds 22,000 Roman coins

xp finds roman coins

Metal detectorist finds 22,000 Roman coins

How would you feel if you found a large pot of Roman coins while out metal detecting, that’s exaxctly what Laurence found with his XP Deus while detecting in Devon.
Laurence 51, made the discovery as he metal detected land near Seaton, in East Devon – when he found the hoard he was concerned someone would steal it, so he camped out for three nights while archaeologists excavated the site.

Metal detectorist finds 22,000 Roman coins

The find !

While out detecting with his XP Deus Laurence got a large signal, he thought it was iron but decided to dig anyway.
As he dug down he found three iron ingots, when he lifted them Roman coins were stuck to the underside.

Read the full article on the XP Blog.